Imagine waking up at Christmas, hoping to feel the excitement and anticipation that all kids look forward to each year, but knowing that your Christmas tree will have no presents underneath it, just like the year before. Imagine how that must make a child of 6-years-old feel, after being told all year long that good children receive gifts on December 25th and bad children get nothing. Imagine the pain of watching that kind of disappointment on your own child's face. Currently 14.5 % of Americans live under the poverty line. For many that means that Christmas presents are a luxury that a family who may be suffering from food insecurity cannot afford. Situations like this are sadly more common than most people realize, and can begin a life of low self-esteem, dependence on community support, and suseptibility to crime for many underprivileged young people. The Toys for Tots Foundation is one non-profit committed to ending that cycle of poverty and low self worth in America, and Virago Fitness is thrilled to partner with them this September.
The Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit that works with the US Marine Corps and Reserves, and has been raising money to build strong American communities since 1947. Their mission “is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens”.
Toys for Tots is also known for the great 5K runs they host each year that bring communities together to help make a difference in a child's life, and this September Virago Fitness is proudly joining them to host Toys for Tot's FIRST EVER Virtual Race.
Participating in a #virtualrace means that you can be a part of a great cause from any location. Members of #TeamVirago live all around the world, and although you may be far from home you can still participate. The Virago Fitness Community is also diverse. Not everyone is a runner and unlike all other races to raise money for a great cause, in our #VirtualRace you don't even have to run! You can do yoga in Thailand, or swim one hundred meters in North Carolina. You can take a long hike along the trails of Oregon, or you can complete a Crossfit WOD while deployed in Afghanistan. Wherever you are in the world you can help make a difference to over 7 million American kids and inspire many Virago Warriors in the making.
When you register for the Toys for Tots Virago Fitness Virtual Race you will receive a t-shirt, and a medal that lets the world know that you are dedicated to fitness and making positive change in the world. In this race, we are all winners.
Registration begins in August for the September #VirtualRace but you can join our mailing list now to get updates on when registration will open and training tips to prepare for the race. Sign up today and commit to conquering a personal fitness goal knowing that 100% of all participation fees ($35/person) go to #TheToysforTotsFoundation.
Thank you for helping us make a difference. For more information about the Virtual Race, click here.